The “Albuquerque turkey” sandwich is the lesser-celebrated cousin of the green chile cheeseburger. This simple combination of flavors is found in most any Burque sandwich shop—including Subway franchises—and even in pie-form at some pizzerias. As with the green chile cheeseburger, it’s possible to try too hard. But all that really matters are the bare essentials: green chile, turkey, cheese and bread, in roughly that order.
As an alternative, you can always order a BBQ turkey sandwich with a side of green chile. This is a different animal, served on a hero roll and slathered in sauce. It’s also messier and has a Christmas vibe to it, thanks to a healthy dose of red barbecue sauce.
Taking a bite brings your taste buds into satisfying harmony with the smoked atmosphere engulfing JohnDhi’s. You smell it as soon as you park.
If you’re dining outdoors, there’s a decorative waterfall, peeling painted wooden walls, trees sprouting up and bright colors. With this kind of ambiance and a collection of microbrews, JohnDhi’s could get away with middling food. Thankfully, that’s not the case here.
Sandwiches are hardly the only things on the menu. Ribs and brisket spend some quality time in the pit. The salads are enormous, and there’s an impressive lineup of ground chuck burgers. A lobster taco special has been running for long enough you’d think it was gunning for a permanent spot. In fact, the turkey green chile sandwich may not even be the best thing at JohnDhi’s. But in this professional gobbler’s opinion, JohnDhi’s might just be the best place to catch an Albuquerque turkey.